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  • OneNote available for Kindle Fire and Fire phone

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    OneNote Team
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today OneNote is available at the Amazon Appstore for Android, delivering on our promise to bring OneNote to every device that matters to you. If you have a Kindle Fire or a Fire phone, you can now use OneNote to capture or access thoughts, ideas and to-do’s while on the go.     OneNote is a free download and can also be used on Android phones and tablets running Android OS 4.0 and up. We’re excited that people will be able to use OneNote on their brand new Fire phone and Kindle Fire, and we’re committed to improving the app with regular updates. Please send us…
  • Five Reasons Why Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios Is An Ex-Empire

    Microsoft - Bing News
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Some in Hollywood may have been surprised by Microsoft’s announcement that Xbox Entertainment Studios, its much-touted experiment in new kinds of interactive TV programming and headed by former CBS President Nancy Tellem, would be shut down. But really ...
  • Internet Explorer @ IETF 90

    IEBlog
    ieblog
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:39 am
    This week Microsoft is sending a number of engineers, including members from the IE team, to the Internet Engineering Task Force meetings in Toronto. We’re looking forward to the conversations and working groups as it’s always great to get together face-to-face with engineers from across the industry. In particular, there are several discussions we’re excited about including HTTP/2.0 and the safe preference header Internet proposal, which we’ve already been working on with several industry partners and has been enabled in IE as an early implementation. If any of you are attending the…
  • Foursquare to be the new Local Search; Swarm for Check-ins

    msigeek.com | Technology blog on Tips, Ebooks & Webcasts
    Vijay
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Few hours ago, Foursquare just sent an email to their power-users on their application road-maps and how check-ins are going to change. With so many of us using this application for check-ins and writing reviews, pictures etc, we knew that this was coming. Foursquare just announced that, their primary application will be the all ‘new Local Search’ with loads of information around you. Yes, you guessed right, with all the information we posted in the past 4 years. With this all new app, they have changed their logo as well. Its changing from the check-in checkmark to something…
  • Opposites Attract? Bing Search Box Arrives on Chrome New Tab Pages

    Bing Blog
    tedroduner
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    Searching just got simpler for people using Chrome with their default search engine set to Bing. Now when you open a new tab in your browser, you will get quick access to the Bing search box (and associated Page Zero features) as well as the frequently used sites you’re used to.   To enable this, go to Chrome’s Settings, and set your search engine to Bing (under “Search”), or follow the steps on this page. People who already have Bing selected will see this automatically after upgrading their browser to the latest version of Chrome. -          Michael Schechter,…
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  • OneNote available for Kindle Fire and Fire phone

    OneNote Team
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today OneNote is available at the Amazon Appstore for Android, delivering on our promise to bring OneNote to every device that matters to you. If you have a Kindle Fire or a Fire phone, you can now use OneNote to capture or access thoughts, ideas and to-do’s while on the go.     OneNote is a free download and can also be used on Android phones and tablets running Android OS 4.0 and up. We’re excited that people will be able to use OneNote on their brand new Fire phone and Kindle Fire, and we’re committed to improving the app with regular updates. Please send us…
  • Retaining a competitive advantage: Why staying current with UC matters

    Lync Team
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today’s post was written by Jennifer Yust, senior marketing manager on the Lync team. It’s no secret—an organization that runs well internally is better positioned to adapt to changing market conditions, shorten project timelines, and add more value for its customers. That’s why MWH Global, a “wet infrastructure” engineering firm that handles huge water-related projects, has embraced each new version of Microsoft unified communications (UC) solutions as it is released. As Gregory Tornrose, the firm’s Global Director of IT Operations, puts it, “Our strategy is to simplify our…
  • The Garage Series for Office 365: What’s new in the world of apps for Office?

    Jeremy Chapman
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    This week hosts Jeremy Chapman and Richard diZerega explore what’s new in the new world of apps for Office. They look at the top 5 new features including amazing content apps for PowerPoint, Excel APIs for formatting, content apps for Access, mail APIs for body and attachments and compose mail apps. Watch as Richard masterfully demonstrates all of this along the way. Last week we caught up with Jeremy Thake to talk about the apps for Office model itself and what is new, different and better versus the more traditional extensibility options in Office, SharePoint and Exchange. This week…
  • Let’s get cooking! Collecting recipes in OneNote just got better

    OneNote Team
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    OneNote is a great place to catalog your recipes. And now adding them to OneNote is a piece of cake (pun intended) with the OneNote web clipper or the email clipper (me@onenote.com). When you use the OneNote web clipper or email clipper (me@onenote.com) to clip a recipe, we’ll simplify the page down to just the steps, ingredients, and key pieces of information you need most, giving your recipes a simpler, cleaner format in OneNote. Our goal is to help you collect just the information you want, boiled down (see what I did there?), free of distraction, in a clean and consistent…
  • Uninterrupted communication with Office 365 helps keep information flowing at the Center for American Progress

    Office 365 Team
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Today’s post was written by George Estrada, Vice President for Technology, Online Communications at Center for American Progress The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans. Our goal is to shape the national debate by critiquing existing policies, developing new policy ideas, and challenging the media to cover the issues that truly matter. To achieve these goals, some of our staff is tasked with helping develop legislative ideas and driving their deployment. Some are expert witnesses for congressional…
 
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  • Five Reasons Why Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios Is An Ex-Empire

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Some in Hollywood may have been surprised by Microsoft’s announcement that Xbox Entertainment Studios, its much-touted experiment in new kinds of interactive TV programming and headed by former CBS President Nancy Tellem, would be shut down. But really ...
  • 5 major revelations hidden in Microsoft's earnings report

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Financial results and earnings calls are typically as boring as boring can be. Estimates, projections, GAAP versus non-GAAP results, yaaaaaaaawn. But Microsoft's financial results and quarterly earnings call yesterday gleefully bucked that depressing trend.
  • Microsoft's 'one Windows' -- what it really means

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    Is Microsoft building a single version of Windows that will run on phones, tablets, PCs, and gaming consoles? Nope. Here's a refresher on what's really happening. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at Build 2014. James Martin/CNET Microsoft executives have ...
  • Microsoft Corporation Earnings: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    Overall, Microsoft's fiscal fourth-quarter results were solid. The software giant's $23.4 billion handily beat the consensus estimate for $23 billion. But Microsoft underperformed on EPS, reporting $0.55 compared to an estimate for $0.60. What drove ...
  • Microsoft Debuts Low Cost Windows Lumia 530

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    STOCKHOLM—A day after reporting quarterly earnings, Microsoft Corp. debuted its first smartphone running Windows software since its takeover of Nokia Corp.’s phone business in late April. The new Lumia 530 is a low cost Windows device, aimed at ...
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  • Internet Explorer @ IETF 90

    ieblog
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:39 am
    This week Microsoft is sending a number of engineers, including members from the IE team, to the Internet Engineering Task Force meetings in Toronto. We’re looking forward to the conversations and working groups as it’s always great to get together face-to-face with engineers from across the industry. In particular, there are several discussions we’re excited about including HTTP/2.0 and the safe preference header Internet proposal, which we’ve already been working on with several industry partners and has been enabled in IE as an early implementation. If any of you are attending the…
  • July 2014 Internet Explorer Updates

    ieblog
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS14-037 - Critical This security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability and twenty-three privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those who operate with administrative user…
  • Vertical writing mode improvements in IE11

    ieblog
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Internet Explorer 11 June 2014 update improves and advances vertical writing mode layout. This enables features such as constant center baseline and ruby positioning preserving line height. Together, those improvements enable rich, interactive textbooks and publications for locales supporting vertical writing mode, such as Japanese locale. To get hands on experience and see the improvements please try the Vertical Writing Mode Improvements Test Drive: Center baseline allows characters and glyphs to stay correctly aligned, even when they have additional ruby characters that are positioned…
  • Passwords in IE11

    ieblog
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Today’s Web relies on passwords as a form of authentication, which means people have to log into a variety of different services every day. Not only is typing passwords on touch devices cumbersome, but people are creating weak passwords and using the same password for every site, making them more vulnerable to identity theft. Having a secure, reliable password manager is the best method for encouraging people to create strong, unique passwords for every site.    With Internet Explorer 11, we’ve done work to make signing into sites faster and more reliable as well as give users more…
  • Announcing Internet Explorer Developer Channel

    ieblog
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Summary: Go get the new Internet Explorer Developer Channel at devchannel.modern.IE! Just a few weeks ago, we talked about creating a more open dialog between the IE team and the Web development community. Today we’re excited to announce the release of the Internet Explorer Developer Channel, a fully functioning browser designed to give Web developers and early adopters a sneak peek at the Web platform features we’re working on. The Developer Channel is available for download today for both Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 SP1 customers running Internet Explorer 11. IE Developer Channel…
 
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  • Foursquare to be the new Local Search; Swarm for Check-ins

    Vijay
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Few hours ago, Foursquare just sent an email to their power-users on their application road-maps and how check-ins are going to change. With so many of us using this application for check-ins and writing reviews, pictures etc, we knew that this was coming. Foursquare just announced that, their primary application will be the all ‘new Local Search’ with loads of information around you. Yes, you guessed right, with all the information we posted in the past 4 years. With this all new app, they have changed their logo as well. Its changing from the check-in checkmark to something…
  • Planning to buy a Xiaomi MI3? This Short Review might help you!

    Vijay
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    Welcome to this review of the Xiaomi MI3. Before I get to the device, let me start you a quick overview on this company. They have a philosophy of selling devices directly to customers; that helps them manage to keep the prices competitive. Xiaomi was founded in 2010 and they have reached great heights in just 4 years. They’ve brought together some real smart people from Microsoft, Google, Motorola Yahoo and other big players in the industry with a focus of making great stuffs at affordable prices. Mi 3 is Xiaomi’s highest performing smartphone and has been in news for a while…
  • Gionee Elife S5.5 gets the Latest Android KitKat upgrade over OTA

    Vijay
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:52 am
    Gionee Smartphones announced the much awaited update for Gionee ELife S5.5, the Android KitKat 4.4.2. The Over-The-Air software update for Gionee ELife S5.5 will allow its users to download and install the new software with ease. The new Android KitKat version is a big development for Gionee and will offer simpler, faster and more intuitive ways to use the device with a host of new features for seamless user facilities. The ELife S5.5 is set for a revamp in terms of its user interface, applications and layout.   With the new user interface design there will be enhanced features like an…
  • 8 things to expect from Google IO 2014 as Announcements

    Vijay
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Google IO is an annual conference conducted by Google to unveil different technology innovations and products which they have been working on. Google IO is just few hours away from now. Google was traditionally focussed on Consumer technologies; However, in the recent years, they have definitely made some good steps towards Enterprise Tech with Cloud, Chrome etc. If you are keen to watch the Keynote Live, you can check this link (June 25th, 9:00 AM PDT). Update: Watch the Keynote here: Firstly, with Vic writing about his plans beyond Google, it would be interesting to see who would present…
  • Best Practices to Move your Applications to Cloud

    Vijay
    6 Jun 2014 | 8:54 pm
    In this previous article, we had a quick overview on the different cloud service models and how it eases your challenges w.r.t administration. Now, let me ask you a simple question, can every software or workloads be moved to Cloud? The answer will definitely be a NO. “No single delivery model meets all needs, but the combination of public, private, and hybrid clouds offer a range of options suitable for many business requirements” Every application is different; and having a better understanding on what workload can be moved to a Cloud platform is a key to have the right cloud…
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    Bing Blog

  • Opposites Attract? Bing Search Box Arrives on Chrome New Tab Pages

    tedroduner
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    Searching just got simpler for people using Chrome with their default search engine set to Bing. Now when you open a new tab in your browser, you will get quick access to the Bing search box (and associated Page Zero features) as well as the frequently used sites you’re used to.   To enable this, go to Chrome’s Settings, and set your search engine to Bing (under “Search”), or follow the steps on this page. People who already have Bing selected will see this automatically after upgrading their browser to the latest version of Chrome. -          Michael Schechter,…
  • Meet Bing Offers Card-Linked: A Simpler Way to Save

    tedroduner
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Life is complicated. Saving should be simple. With Bing Offers new discount program, Card-Linked, you can ditch the traditional fuss of coupons and pre-paid deals. Card-Linked simplifies saving by turning your favorite credit or debit card(s) into your member discount card. Use your registered card(s) to make qualifying purchases at participating local businesses and save. Automatic Saving When you register for Card-Linked you’re linking your credit or debit card(s) to a world of saving.  Each time you make a qualifying purchase, we automatically credit your card with the discount. That…
  • School Ratings Now Live in Bing

    tedroduner
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:50 pm
    A few weeks ago, we unveiled an easy way to access free online courses and books on Bing.  Today we’re expanding on that theme by showcasing school ratings, rankings and academic indicators directly in Snapshot.  Now when you search for a given school- from elementary to high school to higher ed – we showcase (where available) how they fare nationally, within the state and what their STEM rating might be.  We even display how the community surrounding the schools rate.   Because this is built on Bing’s vast knowledge repository containing billions of people, places and things…
  • Filtering Low Quality Links in Bing SERP

    Duane Forrester
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    The internet can often feel like a giant cesspool of low quality, illegal or malicious documents. The mere mention of malware, adware and viruses is enough to send even the most experienced internet surfers running for cover. And yet, these represent just the tip of the iceberg of poor quality documents. Searchers also have to deal with phishing sites, fraudulent sites or sites propagating scams, spammy sites…. Well, you get the picture. On top of this, users are often inundated with non-malicious, but low quality/ low content sites like parked domains, 404s and cheap content farms. To deal…
  • 4 Easy Ways to Visualize Excel Data on Bing Maps

    Bing Maps Team
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    I have been helping developers visualize their data on Bing Maps for many years. One of the most requests I’ve had in the past is, “I have this data, but can you show it on a map?” More often than not this data would be sitting in an Excel file, usually with some address data, but rarely contained any coordinate information. To get this data into Bing Maps I would geocode the address information and then convert the data into a format that could be easily imported into Bing Maps. This usually required a few hours of work on my part and usually led to a discussion on how this could be…
 
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  • MSDN Blogs - MSDN Blogs

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Learn more about the MSDN Blog Platform at the MSDN Blogs - Help blog! Provide Site Feedback on MSDN Blogs. Check on the status of the MSDN blogs at MSDN and TechNet ...
  • Blogs : The Official Microsoft IIS Site

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Read or subscribe to IIS blogs. Bill Staple's blog and other Microsoft IIS team blogs.
  • Developer Tools Blogs - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    MSDN Blogs > Developer Tools Blogs. Server & Tools Blogs > Developer Tools Blogs. Executive Bloggers. S. Somasegar; Brian Harry; Steve Guggenheimer; Scott Guthrie ...
  • Power BI - PowerBI - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    That was the question that has been on our minds for some time, and the Power BI team was up to the challenge. Thus, we decided to set up a Reddit AMA session , which ...
  • Big Data Support - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Team blog for the Big Data Support team at Microsoft. We support HDInsight which is Hadoop running on Windows Azure in the cloud, as well as other big data features.
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    Bing Blog

  • Opposites Attract? Bing Search Box Arrives on Chrome New Tab Pages

    tedroduner
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    Searching just got simpler for people using Chrome with their default search engine set to Bing. Now when you open a new tab in your browser, you will get quick access to the Bing search box (and associated Page Zero features) as well as the frequently used sites you’re used to.   To enable this, go to Chrome’s Settings, and set your search engine to Bing (under “Search”), or follow the steps on this page. People who already have Bing selected will see this automatically after upgrading their browser to the latest version of Chrome. -          Michael Schechter,…
  • Meet Bing Offers Card-Linked: A Simpler Way to Save

    tedroduner
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Life is complicated. Saving should be simple. With Bing Offers new discount program, Card-Linked, you can ditch the traditional fuss of coupons and pre-paid deals. Card-Linked simplifies saving by turning your favorite credit or debit card(s) into your member discount card. Use your registered card(s) to make qualifying purchases at participating local businesses and save. Automatic Saving When you register for Card-Linked you’re linking your credit or debit card(s) to a world of saving.  Each time you make a qualifying purchase, we automatically credit your card with the discount. That…
  • School Ratings Now Live in Bing

    tedroduner
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:50 pm
    A few weeks ago, we unveiled an easy way to access free online courses and books on Bing.  Today we’re expanding on that theme by showcasing school ratings, rankings and academic indicators directly in Snapshot.  Now when you search for a given school- from elementary to high school to higher ed – we showcase (where available) how they fare nationally, within the state and what their STEM rating might be.  We even display how the community surrounding the schools rate.   Because this is built on Bing’s vast knowledge repository containing billions of people, places and things…
  • Filtering Low Quality Links in Bing SERP

    Duane Forrester
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    The internet can often feel like a giant cesspool of low quality, illegal or malicious documents. The mere mention of malware, adware and viruses is enough to send even the most experienced internet surfers running for cover. And yet, these represent just the tip of the iceberg of poor quality documents. Searchers also have to deal with phishing sites, fraudulent sites or sites propagating scams, spammy sites…. Well, you get the picture. On top of this, users are often inundated with non-malicious, but low quality/ low content sites like parked domains, 404s and cheap content farms. To deal…
  • 4 Easy Ways to Visualize Excel Data on Bing Maps

    Bing Maps Team
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    I have been helping developers visualize their data on Bing Maps for many years. One of the most requests I’ve had in the past is, “I have this data, but can you show it on a map?” More often than not this data would be sitting in an Excel file, usually with some address data, but rarely contained any coordinate information. To get this data into Bing Maps I would geocode the address information and then convert the data into a format that could be easily imported into Bing Maps. This usually required a few hours of work on my part and usually led to a discussion on how this could be…
 
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  • ASUS Vivobook F200MA Is Similar to a Chromebook, But Runs Windows 8.1 with Bing

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:35 pm
    It hasn't been long since Microsoft launched Windows with Bing, a release identical with Windows 8.1 which comes with a twist. The OS arrives with Bing as default search engine. The scheme is part of Microsoft’s grand plan of gaining more share in the ...
  • Bing Crosby's kids recall dad's duet with Bowie

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) — David Bowie's duet with Bing Crosby on the entertainer's 1977 Christmas television special left an indelible impression on Crosby's teenage children. Harry, Mary and Nathaniel Crosby were on set when Bowie arrived to tape ...
  • Bing Crosby's kids recall dad's Christmas duet with David Bowie

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Kathryn Crosby speaks on stage during the American Masters “Bing Crosby: Rediscovered" panel at the PBS 2014 Summer TCA held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP ...
  • Forget.me extends management of right to be forgotten requests to Bing

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Reputation VIP’s Forget.me, the online platform that offers ‘Right to be Forgotten’ services, has added Bing to the list of platforms it serves. This became effective following the implementation of Bing’s Right to be Forgotten form. Forget.me in a ...
  • Bing Now Works Within Google's Chrome New Tab Page

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Bing announced that in the most recent Google Chrome browser update, that when you change your default search provider from Google to Bing, the Bing selection will not just work in the omnibox search bar but also in the new tab page home screen. Here is an ...
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  • Microsoft beats on revenue, misses on profit in fourth quarter results

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Microsoft beat Wall Street expectations for revenue but fell short in earnings per share in its fiscal fourth quarter earnings, reported today. For the quarter ended June 30, Microsoft reported revenue of $23.38 billion, profit (net income) of $4.61 billion and earnings per share of 55 cents. Analysts were expecting Microsoft to report for the quarter revenue of $23.01 billion with earnings per share of 60 cents and profit of $5.04 billion, according to a Bloomberg survey of analysts. For the year-ago quarter, Microsoft posted revenue of $19.9 billion with earnings per share of 59 cents and…
  • Microsoft imposes new rules on contract workers, requiring 6-month break from access

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Corrected version Microsoft is imposing new restrictions on those who work for the company through vendors and temp agencies. The new rules limit those workers to 18 months of access to Microsoft buildings and corporate networks, after which they will be required to take a 6-month break from access. The move could affect tens of thousands of contractors who work at Microsoft in various roles from software development to content provision. (Microsoft has always declined to say how many such "external staff" it uses.) The move also comes at a time when Microsoft is laying off 18,000 of its…
  • Microsoft laying off 18,000; at least 1,351 in Puget Sound area affected

    20 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Microsoft announced the biggest layoff in its history Thursday as CEO Satya Nadella said the company will cut 18,000 jobs -- about 14  percent of the company’s workforce -- over the next year. Of those cuts, at least 1,351 will come from the Puget Sound area. That's about 3 percent of the approximately 43,000 employees Microsoft has in this area. Most of the cuts -- about 12,500 professional and factory positions -- are mainly former Nokia positions, with some Microsoft positions being eliminated because of job duplication, resulting from Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia, which…
 
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  • One OS or three, Windows still doesn’t add up

    Kip Kniskern
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Microsoft released its 4th quarter earnings yesterday, and despite a big hit from the Nokia acquisition, the news was generally good. Microsoft’s cloud services (Azure, Office 365, and the like) are starting to take off, traditional server side businesses (SQL Server, Hyper-V, etc.) continue to do well, and Microsoft as an enterprise company continues to be healthy. The news isn’t all bad on the consumer side of the equation, either, despite the hit taken due to the acquisition of Nokia. Bing continues to gain share (although mostly at the expense of Yahoo!), and according to…
  • Xbox an entertainment platform? So much for that idea

    Kip Kniskern
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    More fallout from Microsoft layoffs announcements came later in the day yesterday, this time with the news that Xbox Entertainment Studios (XES) would be closing. The Studios, headed by ex-CBS exec Nancy Tellem, who was hired in September 2012 to help to help to “expand the Xbox platform beyond games”. In Microsoft’s press release announcing her hiring, she laid out the plans for Xbox as a consumer entertainment hub: “I am excited to be a part of the continued evolution of Xbox from a gaming console to the hub of every household’s entertainment experience,”…
  • Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs this year, realigning phones business – is it enough?

    Kip Kniskern
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    Today, as expected, Microsoft announced significant job cuts as it moves into the new fiscal year and continues to integrate Nokia’s phones businesses into the company. The majority of those cuts, some 12,000 over the next 12 months (with 13,000 total cuts coming almost immediately, and the other 6,000 spread out over the next year), will come out of Nokia, or at least will eliminate jobs that have become redundant due to the Nokia acquisition. The job cuts are part of a systemic re-alignment of the Nokia phones businesses as they integrate into Microsoft. Both Satya Nadella and Stephen…
  • The coming Microsoft job cuts: more than just numbers

    Kip Kniskern
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    According to a news report coming out of Bloomberg, Microsoft could be announcing its most significant job cuts since 2009, and that announcement could be coming as soon as this week. Although the cuts are widely expected to focus on trimming the fat after the Nokia acquisition, with some 1,000 job cuts expected in Finland, the announcements, when they come, could shed some light on new CEO Satya Nadella’s plans for the future of the company. Back in 2009, when Steve Ballmer announced cuts of some 5,000 workers (the final tally was closer to 5,800), Microsoft took the opportunity to…
  • Nadella outlines changes coming to Microsoft in email to employees

    Kip Kniskern
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    It’s easy to take today’s email by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella as not much more than a high level, buzzword filled, overly long communique from a CEO to his some 100,000 employees. In it, Nadella re-describes Microsoft’s core mission, refining Ballmer’s “devices and services” company to the more encompassing (and long winded) “Microsoft is a productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world”. Although the email weighs in at something just over 3,000 words, it’s still hard to glean any concrete information out of…
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  • Microsoft Isn't Killing Xbox Music; Update Coming

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    If you took Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's comment this week that the company would "streamline our investments in music and video" to signal the imminent demise of Xbox Music, well, relax.
  • UK government adopts ODF for document exchange with citizens and suppliers

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    The U.K. government has adopted ODF as its standard for the exchange of word processor and spreadsheet files between departments and with citizens and suppliers, meaning that companies and citizens will not be required to buy a particular application or software suite in order to collaborate with government staff.
  • Why Dropbox Is Tying Its Future to Microsoft Office

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:10 am
    Hot startups don't often stake their reputation for innovation on how well their technology works with Microsoft Office, but that's exactly what Dropbox is doing today.
  • Microsoft sets two years for Nokia to break even

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Based: Doha, Qatar Salary : Monthly QAR 35,000 to QAR 40,000 Working Days: 5 & half day a Week Company Industry: Construction Responsibilities: - Manage the deployment, monitoring, maintenance, development, upgrade, and support of all current IT systems - Communicate regularly with executive management and all users of information services and ... (more)
  • Microsoft Stalls in Post-Earnings Trading: What Wall Street's Saying

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Your browser is not supported. Please upgrade to one of the following browsers: Google Chrome Mozilla Firefox Apple Safari Microsoft Internet Explorer 8+ You may proceed to the site by clicking here , however some pages might not work correctly.
 
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    Craig Bailey

  • Microsoft. Saves You Time

    Craig Bailey
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:21 pm
    I’d love that as a new tagline. I’ve really enjoyed reading some of the analysis of Satya’s memo. In addition to the ones I mentioned in my earlier post, I’ve found these to be particularly interesting: this, this and this. There seems to be three main areas people are focussing on: It’s wordy and bloated There’s going to be job cuts Oh, and we’re not selling Xbox I’m only interested in the first point, since it was the main reaction I had as well. There’s so much talk of experiences and productivity and empowerment, that it quickly…
  • Google Fucktardery

    Craig Bailey
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:49 pm
    The always awesome Aaron Wall lets loose with another blistering rebuke of Google’s regular business practices. When Google complains about censorship, they are not really complaining about what may be, but what already is. Their only problem is the idea that someone other than themselves should have any input in the process. Definitely worth a read. It’s a tricky area for me, since in large part I make my living dealing with both the good and bad of Google. The pendulum swings both ways of course, but in recent years they’ve swung firmly into evil territory. The post…
  • Feels

    Craig Bailey
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Why is that stories like the following really get to me: This Story Of A Dog’s Last Day On Earth Is Beautiful And Utterly Heartbreaking Photoshop Request: My daughter recently passed away after a long battle in the children’s hospital. Since she was in the hospital her whole life we never were able to get a photo without all her tubes. Can someone remove the tubes from this photo? The Battle We Didn’t Choose but the savagery, cruelty and tragedy contained in the paper every day have no effect? The post Feels appeared first on Craig Bailey.
  • What does ‘mobile first, cloud first’ even mean?

    Craig Bailey
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Satya Nadella’s staff memo is good reading. Joshua Topolsky’s brief interview on  The Verge is also good. And opinion pieces like this also raise some good questions. If (like me) you’ve been a little disillusioned with Microsoft over the past few years, then it’s heartening to read, since it gives confidence into how Microsoft is improving focus and internal processes. But one thing that’s clear is that there’s no escaping the ‘mobile-first, cloud-first’ mantra. The line is reasonable of course, but the issue with hammering the phrase…
  • Confidence and Smart People

    Craig Bailey
    4 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Read this post by apenwarr on The Curse of Smart People. This resonates with what I’ve seen: Smart people have a problem, especially (although not only) when you put them in large groups. That problem is an ability to convincingly rationalize nearly anything. It’s timely for me, because one of the main things I’m looking for in my life at the moment is interaction with RSPs (really smart people). I think most techies suffer from a form of Impostor Syndrome, some more so than others. However, whilst in my fantasy moments I like to think that I lack confidence in my…
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    iThinkDifferent

  • Useful Keyboard Shortcuts and Extensions for Google Chrome

    Haras
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    Chances are that you already use Google Chrome as your primary browser due to its snappiness and speed. Over time you probably became aware of the plethora of the neat usability features that Chrome comes with, such as the ability to add extensions, tricks with the omnibar and the infamous incognito mode. However, not all(...)
  • Google Maps Update Brings Offline Maps Lists, Lane Guidance and More to iOS and Android

    Imran Hussain
    6 May 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Google Maps app for iOS and Android has gotten an major update with enhancements to offline maps, navigation, search filters, location sharing, contacts and more. Download now. http://www.newtontips.com/google-maps-3-0-for-ios-and-android-brings-offline-maps-lane-guidance-search-results-filters-and-more/
  • Tumblr iOS App Updated To Lets Users Customize Their Blog

    Imran Hussain
    6 May 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Tumblr’s app for iPhone and iPad now lets users customize their blog form within the app. Users can play around with accents, header images and background color to get the right look that they want. http://www.newtontips.com/tumblr-for-ios-update-lets-users-customize-their-blog-from-the-app/
  • Download Authy App To Access Two-Factor Authentication Tokens From Your Computer

    Imran Hussain
    6 May 2014 | 7:07 am
    Access two-factor authentication tokens from services like Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Twitter and more by installing Authy. Works on Google Chrome for Windows, Mac and Linux http://www.newtontips.com/authy-app-lets-you-access-two-factor-authentication-tokens-from-you-computer/
  • Control Center for Mac Brings iOS 7 Control Center Functionality To OS X

    Imran Hussain
    5 May 2014 | 8:40 am
    Get the iPhone and iPad’s iOS 7 Control Center on Mac OS X by downloading this app. http://www.newtontips.com/control-center-for-mac-replicates-ios-7-control-center-functionality-for-os-x/
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    Webmaster Blog

  • Filtering Low Quality Links in Bing SERP

    Duane Forrester
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    The internet can often feel like a giant cesspool of low quality, illegal or malicious documents. The mere mention of malware, adware and viruses is enough to send even the most experienced internet surfers running for cover. And yet, these represent just the tip of the iceberg of poor quality documents. Searchers also have to deal with phishing sites, fraudulent sites or sites propagating scams, spammy sites…. Well, you get the picture. On top of this, users are often inundated with non-malicious, but low quality/ low content sites like parked domains, 404s and cheap content farms. To deal…
  • How Does Bing Choose The Title For My Web Page?

    Duane Forrester
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Sometimes, despite a webmaster’s best efforts, Bing may choose to serve a title that is different to the title of a web site or document. Let’s walk through the process to see how Bing selects a title and what you can do to help us select yours. You have probably designed your site to maximize your CTR, you have reviewed best practices and SEO techniques, and you have a plan to maintain relevant and up-to-date content. Your HTML Title is exactly how you want it to be and what you want to show your customer. However, when you search using query terms you have optimized for, Bing shows a…
  • Bing Knowledge Comes to Webmaster Tools

    Vincent Wehren
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:21 am
    In January we told you about our goal to bring the Power of Bing Knowledge to Webmasters. In April we followed up on that promise and announced Bing Knowledge Widget. For the first time, we empowered every webmaster to use the entity data from the Bing Knowledge repository. Since then, webmasters have added the embed code to thousands of pages to enhance their websites with the rich entity information from the Bing Knowledge system. Integration with Webmaster Tools Today, we are taking the next step and are making it even easier for webmasters to put Bing Knowledge to work on their sites by…
  • Bing/Inc. Magazine RoadShow Sells Out In Chicago This Week

    Duane Forrester
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:28 pm
    The Bing Webmaster Tools and Inc. Magazine Roadshow scheduled for Chicago this week officially sold out earlier today! Great news for the folks who are intending to come to the Wit Hotel this Thursday! This follows a standing-room-only kickoff event in Nashville three weeks ago. The sad news is, for those in Chicago, we’re at capacity, though check for a wait list. The good news is we’ve got three more dates/cities to hit after Chicago! And with industry heavyweights such as Maisha Walker of Message Medium, Bruce Clay of Bruce Clay Inc, Marty Weintraub of aimClear set to perform…
  • Sitemaps Best Practices Including Large Web Sites

    Duane Forrester
    9 Jun 2014 | 10:15 am
    One of the key Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategies for web sites is to have high quality sitemaps helping search engines to discover and access all relevant content posted on that web site. Sitemaps offer this really simple way for site owners to share information with every search engine about the content they have on their site instead of having to rely solely on crawling algorithms (ie: crawlers, robots) to find it. The Sitemaps protocol defined at www.sitemaps.org, is a now widely supported. Often web sites and some Content Management Systems (CMSs) offers sitemaps by default or…
 
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    The Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog

  • Friday Five - July 18, 2014

    MVP Award Program
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    1. Getting Started with xUnit for Xamarin By Windows Platform Development MVP Oron Novotny 2. Windows boot time, explored in Powershell  By PowerShell MVP Carlo Mancini  3. Day 25: Personalizing Notifications By ASP.NET MVP James Chambers 4. Visual Studio/TFS 2013 Update 3–Release Candidate By Visual Studio ALM MVP Jeff Bramwell  5. OneNote as a Workshop Planning Tool  By One Note MVP Ben Schorr 
  • Better Best Bets with Lists in SharePoint 2013

    MVP Award Program
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    Editor’s note: The following post was written by SharePoint MVP Mikael Svenson Best Bets or Promoted results is a great way to give end-users the answer to their search query without the additional click to open a page or document to locate the precise information they were looking for. Bing and other search engines already have many examples of this if you for instance look for weather information or currency conversion.   Out of the box approach Out of the box in SharePoint Online/2013 you can set up this type of functionality using Query Rules. But, there are some…
  • Friday Five - July 11, 2014

    MVP Award Program
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    1. Understanding the Windows Server Failover Cluster Quorum in Windows Server 2012 R2           By Cluster MVP Dave Bermingham 2. DirectAccess IP-HTTPS Null Encryption and SSTP VPN            By Enterprise Security MVP Richard Hicks 3. Composing API Responses for Maximum Reuse with ASP.NET Web API           By Microsoft Integration MVP Darrel Miller  4. Why is my HNV gateway not working?           By Exchange Server MVP Bhargav Shukla …
  • Using OneNote with the Surface Pro 3

    MVP Award Program
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    Editor’s note: The following post was written by SharePoint MVP Corey Roth The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is an amazing device and OneNote works quite well on it.  When it comes to using OneNote with the Surface Pro 3, you have the option of using the OneNote 2013 (the desktop application) and the Windows 8.1 Store application.  By default, it will use the Windows Store app when you activate it with your stylus.  This can be changed though (read on).  The feature sets between these two applications vary. This article is going to cover note taking on the Surface Pro…
  • Friday Five - July 4, 2014

    MVP Award Program
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    1. Using Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Intelligence Deployment Utility to Deploy Custom SSRS Reports      By Dynamics GP MVP Mariano Gomez 2. Creating a Checklist Graphic in PowerPoint      By PowerPoint MVP Ellen Finkelstein  3. Introducing Entity Framework Seeder      By ASP.NET/IIS MVP Dave Paquette 4. Theming in Universal Apps      By Windows Platform Development MVP Dave Smits  5. Creating Windows Phone and Window 8.1 applications using Microsoft App Studio      By Visual C# MVP…
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    DHA Today

  • Water Resources at DHA City Karachi (DCK) – All You Need To Know!

    DHA Today
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    DHA City Karachi (DCK) has been envisioned as ‘The First Sustainable City of Pakistan’, which will serve as a model for the future independent cities in the country and abroad. The aim has been to plan and build a city, which provides its citizens a safe, comfortable, efficient and beautiful lifestyle. If you are looking […]
  • The Retreat – Salon, Health Club & Cafe

    DHA Today
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Eating out should be a treat for the body and mind as well- the prime time to relax and unwind in without the worry of any daily routines or busy schedules. Some time or most of the time after a hectic work week, people look forward to some quiet ‘me-time’; an entire span of time […]
  • Ramadan Special by Chatkharay!

    DHA Today
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Anytime a desi snack delight is mentioned, one item pops up in the mind instantly- Chaat. No place makes better Chaat than Chatkharay. Chatkharay offers a wide variety of chaat, each one of which is far more delicious than the other. Besides Chaat, Chatkharay offers South Indian Masala Dossa, Barbecue and sandwiches as well. DHA: […]
  • ‘Iftaar & Dinner Buffet’ from Moosh Cafe & Grill

    DHA Today
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:10 pm
    With the arrival of Ramadan Kareem, Moosh Café and Grill is offering ‘Iftaar & Dinner Buffet’ for Rs. 1199 exclusive of taxes. Moosh Café and Grill is serene and quiet- a meal is enjoyed and a return is assured. Walk-in or call them up to live the true experience. Address: Bungalow#8/A, FL 3, Block 5, Clifton. […]
  • 7 Course Iftar Deal from Ouishi Sushi

    DHA Today
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Ouishi Sushi offers 7 Course Iftar Deal for Rs. 799 + Tax. Ouishi Sushi specialized in Japanese, Korean, Thai and Chinese cuisines- authentic flavors of the Far East. Address: F73/4, Swiss Cottages, Block 4, Clifton, Karachi. Phone: 021-35865149 Email: oishiisushii@gmail.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OishiSushiKarachi/  
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    Business-Inspired Technology Solutions - The Aptera Blog

  • What’s the Difference between OneDrive and SharePoint?

    Dennis Junk
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    OneDrive began as a cloud storage service for files and documents. The idea is that you can access all your saved documents, videos, and music from any device—so multiple devices, one storage drive. SharePoint, on the other hand, is a collaboration tool. It works like an internal internet, or intranet, for businesses, and you can also use SharePoint to create portals for clients, an extranet. Where it gets tricky is that SharePoint is also a place to store and share documents so they’ll be accessible to all the people in a company who need to read, print, or edit them. And OneDrive now…
  • Programming Languages and Taco Bell: Same Features, New Combinations.

    Eric Potter
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    We are in the midst of a programming language renaissance. We are seeing new languages on a regular basis. These languages promise to make the lives of programmers better by making them more productive. Most notably, Apple just released Swift as the new language of choice for iOS development. Other major companies have release languages in the last few years. Microsoft released TypeScript. Google released Go and Dart. Facebook released Hack. Mozilla released Rust. There have also been a handful of exciting languages released without corporate backing, such as Elixir. Additionally, many of the…
  • Upcoming Webinar: How to Encourage SharePoint User Adoption - July 31, 2014

    Jen Booth
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    One of the keys, if not THE key to actually realizing the value from your SharePoint implementation is user adoption.  You’ve done everything right: You listened to your users, planned your taxonomy, and now you are ready to go live. What can you do to ensure that users see the value and usefulness of the solution you provided? In this presentation, we will cover techniques to help with this exact problem.  From conception to post production, what should be part of your plan to ensure that all of the hard work you put into your SharePoint project is fully adopted as an…
  • Upcoming Indianapolis Event: How to Encourage SharePoint User Adoption - August 19, 2014

    Jen Booth
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    One of the keys, if not THE key to actually realizing the value from your SharePoint implementation is user adoption.  You’ve done everything right: You listened to your users, planned your taxonomy, and now you are ready to go live. What can you do to ensure that users see the value and usefulness of the solution you provided? In this presentation, we will cover techniques to help with this exact problem.  From conception to post production, what should be part of your plan to ensure that all of the hard work you put into your SharePoint project is fully adopted as an…
  • Why Is SharePoint So Hard to Use and How Can You Make It Easier?

    Dennis Junk
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    One of the basic principles of good software design is that the more functionality you make accessible through the simplest, most intuitive interfaces the better. Underlying this principle, though, is the awareness that more functions usually means a more complicated user experience. The reason that many workers find their company’s SharePoint platform difficult to navigate is that Microsoft has been adding functions to SharePoint for years so that it can address more business challenges. And quite a few of the different parts of SharePoint were developed independently of all the others.
 
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    Nuts & Bolts Speed Training

  • Create Your Own Type of PowerPoint Animation, the Intentional False Animation

    Nuts & Bolts
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:43 am
    Most people have heard of and used PowerPoint animations in their presentations. However, here at Nuts & Bolts Speed Training, we almost never use the ready-made animations found in the Insert tab. Why? Because animations don’t show up when you print your deck, and more often than not, they’re distracting. Instead, we create our own […] The post Create Your Own Type of PowerPoint Animation, the Intentional False Animation appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
  • 4 Things Most People Don’t Know They Can Do In PowerPoint

    Nuts & Bolts
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:41 am
    PowerPoint is a massive program with lots of capabilities built in, and there will always be things that not everyone knows about. Here are 4 awesome tricks we’ve found that 99% of people don’t know they can do in PowerPoint: #1: Break a table #2: Break SmartArt #3: Break up a list of bullets #4: […] The post 4 Things Most People Don’t Know They Can Do In PowerPoint appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
  • How to Stop Minor Issues From Derailing Your PowerPoint Productivity

    Taylor Croonquist
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:36 am
    Has your train of thought ever been derailed by something so simple as inserting a symbol? Here’s what happened to me. I was smack in the middle of writing a great pitch and building an awesome PowerPoint presentation. My creative engine was at full throttle, when suddenly everything ground to a screeching halt…I needed to […] The post How to Stop Minor Issues From Derailing Your PowerPoint Productivity appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
  • Part 3: Highlight Your Point Visually, Otherwise it’s Just Numbers

    Nuts & Bolts
    1 Jun 2014 | 1:40 pm
    This is Part 3 of the “How to Make Your PowerPoint Presentations Awesome” mini-series, designed to give you concrete tips, tricks, and examples that you can immediately use to ‘awesome-ify’ your presentations! Have you ever looked at a PowerPoint slide and had NO IDEA what the point of the slide was? Or even worse, maybe […] The post Part 3: Highlight Your Point Visually, Otherwise it’s Just Numbers appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
  • Part 2: Breaking Up Your Bullets in PowerPoint

    Nuts & Bolts
    6 May 2014 | 3:37 pm
    This is Part 2 of the “How to Make Your PowerPoint Presentations Awesome” mini-series, designed to give you concrete tips, tricks, and examples that you can immediately use to ‘awesome-ify’ your presentations! “Most of the clients for whom I work WANT bullets in PowerPoint and, in fact, the delivery of the type of information they […] The post Part 2: Breaking Up Your Bullets in PowerPoint appeared first on Nuts & Bolts Speed Training.
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